Can An Apple A Day Really Keep The Doctor Away?
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This is a well-known phrase that we have all heard but is there any truth to it?
It is estimated that Americans eat about 120 apples apiece each year. Whether you prefer Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, McIntosh, Granny Smith or one of the many other varieties, apples make a great snack. In addition to being deliciously sweet and crunchy, they are naturally fat, cholesterol and sodium free and low in calories. A medium sized apple with the skin provides only about 80 calories. Apples also provide a good source of fiber, with about 4 grams in a medium sized apple. Foods rich in fiber can promote digestive health, heart health and help in maintaining a healthy weight. Apples also contain important anti-oxidants such as quercetin, which can fight inflammation and vitamin C, which can help to boost our immune system and heal cuts and wounds.
So, although eating a daily apple may not completely eliminate the need for visiting your doctor, there is no doubt that apples are full of important nutrients and can contribute to good health.
When selecting apples, choose those that are firm, shiny and smooth-skinned. To store apples, refrigerate them in a plastic bag away from strong-odored foods to prevent further ripening and use within 3 weeks.
For a delicious and healthy apple recipe try Baked Apples with Cinnamon Yogurt Topping.